More HD questions..

Discussion in 'Displays' started by Rick Chaisse, Nov 17, 2005.

  1. Rick Chaisse

    Rick Chaisse Extra

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    Ok, what's the deal with HD tv ?

    besides the TV..

    Is it only about signals coming from the Satellite or cable companies, or does it make a difference from a DVD source, as well.

    I see that besides component cable connections there are HD cables.

    Rick
     
  2. John S

    John S Producer

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    There is an HD DVD war brewing. HDDVD will be here eventually in full force.

    It is about free Over the Air HD as well. Pro Sports, ect.ect..

    Now, DVD is commonly progressively scanned, which in this day and age, the only way to get progressive scan is to buy an HDTV, HDTV Ready, or ED/Extended Deifnition display.


    Not sure what else to say on the subject really.
     
  3. Dick Knisely

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    There is terrible confusion right now in the marketplace but with a little research you'll discover it's not that hard to sort out.

    Yes HD is a big deal if you like watching high resolution, widescreen TV. Must be seen to be appreciated. And HD has no more to do with cable/satellite TV than any other TV broadcast. That's one way to get the signal but putting up a simple, small UHF antenna and hooking up to a TV with the proper tuner/decoder will get the over-the-air digital broadcasts, including HD.

    But HD, per se, isn't directly relevant to the other question you asked. An HD-capable TV will of necessity be capable of a higher resolution display but you can have high resolution TVs that aren't HD (able to receive, decode and display High Def). So, yes, an TV capable of displaying things over Standard Definition (which includes but isn't limited to an HD-capable TV) will generally make DVD's look better.
     
  4. Rick Chaisse

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    Thank you for your responses..

    From what you say, should I conclude that a movie received on a Satellite broadcasting an HD signal would look better on an HD TV than the same movie played on a home DVD player, on that same TV ?
     
  5. Robert_J

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    Yes, but if it's a move on HBO HD being carried by DirecTV, then it may not be any better. D* will sometimes bit starve their HD channels to accomadate things like HD football games for the Sunday Ticket. HBO will crop 2.35:1 movies down to 1.78:1 because their views don't like black bars on their new widescreen TV's.

    -Robert
     

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